Prosecutors say Rene knew his early release was a mistake -- he maintains that is not true.
"I would have never had a wife. I would have never had children. I would have never bought a house. I would have never done any of those things," said Rene. "But I did those because you let me out. And now they're being punished for something that they had absolutely nothing to do with."
Jasmine takes the fight all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court.
"To give a person the opportunity to taste freedom, to go out and get married, have children, do all these things -- and then to rip that all away from them in the blink of an eye and say 'Well that was our error but you and all of your dependents are going to suffer for it," said Patrick Megaro, Rene Lima-Marin's lawyer.
The court agrees. Rene Lima-Marin is to be released, again.
Then, just one day after the overwhelming judgment, Jasmine gets another excruciating punch to the gut: Immigration officials are waiting for her husband at the prison gates and take Rene into back into custody. Rene Lima-Marin came to the United States from Cuba when he was just a year old, and because he is a convicted felon, he is eligible for deportation.
Hoping to sway immigration officials, Rene's attorneys petition the Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for a full pardon of his crimes.
Finally, a glimmer of hope: Hickenlooper pardons Rene. His arrest record is now wiped clean.
But will it be enough for federal judge to release him?
"I have a strong, strong, strong belief that the Lord is going to work this out one way or another," said
Until then Rene Lima-Marin sits in custody at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. He and his family do what they've grown so accustomed to: Wait.
"We are still keeping full faith in God and just praying that everything works out, and that he will come home to us," said Jasmine.